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Morris to leave Martin’s curling team

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

John Morris (Anil Mungal, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Olympic gold medallist John Morris of Winnipeg, Manitoba is leaving Kevin Martin’s curling team only seven months prior to the Olympic Curling Trials in Winnipeg. The winner of the Olympic Trials tournament will represent Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

In a stunning announcement made on Friday, Morris stated the team was not living up to their capability and it was important that a fresh face join the Martin team.

Morris was on Martin’s gold medal winning curling team as a third at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Martin will now need to find a replacement. Possible curlers that could join the Martin rink are Dave Nedohin, who threw fourth stones for three-time world champion Randy Ferbey and Brad Gushue who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.


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Weekend Sports Preview–March 9 & 10–World Baseball Classic, Brier, NHL, NBA & PGA

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Friday can be summed up in one word for Canadian baseball. Embarrassing. Team Canada’s pitching deserved a failing grade in a 14-4 loss to Italy. With the loss, Canada’s hopes are all but dashed as it is highly unlikely they will advance to the second round.

How bad was it for Team Canada? Well, the ten run mercy rule came into effect after Canada gave up five runs in the eighth.

Just don’t expect the Canadians to win on the weekend. On Saturday, they play Team Mexico at 12:30 p.m. on Sportsnet and then on Sunday they play the United States at 2:00 p.m. on Sportsnet. The Americans have 2009 American League Most Valuable Player Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, 2011 National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, 2007 National League Most Valuable Player Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies and six-time all-star David Wright of the New York Mets. While Mexico has Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Rod Barajas of the Arizona Diamondbacks.


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Howard remains undefeated at Tim Horton’s Brier

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Glenn Howard (Wikimedia Commons)

The big story at the 2013 Tim Horton’s Brier is the fact that the local fan favourite Kevin Martin of Edmonton is still 3-4 heading into Thursday’s action.

The fact that Martin is struggling doesn’t seem to bother defending Tim Horton’s Brier champion Glenn Howard of Ontario however. Howard, the 2012 World Champion, continued his unbeaten streak Wednesday night in the Alberta capital when he clobbered James Grattan of New Brunswick 7-3. Oh yeah, the same Grattan who had a miraculous tenth end tick shot to beat Martin 6-5 on Tuesday afternoon.

In Howard’s seven consecutive wins to date, he has outscored his opponents 55-26. However curling at a national championship is also about momentum and peaking at the right time. Remember Jennifer Jones was perfect during the round robin at the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston, but struggled in the playoffs to Ontario’s Rachel Homan.

Alberta curling fans would love nothing more than to see Martin beat Howard in some meaningful games on the weekend.



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Gushue leading the pack at the Tim Horton’s Brier

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

An Olympic champion is in first place at the Tim Horton’s Brier in Edmonton. However, many expected it to be Edmonton’s Kevin Martin, the 2010 Olympic Winter Games champion to be undefeated after day three of the Canadian Men’s National Curling Championship.

But it is Newfoundland’s Brad Gushue, the 2006 Olympic Winter Games champion, who is one of two undefeated teams so far, and the only team at 5-0. Gushue, last night defeated Northern Ontario 9-8 in an extra end against another previously undefeated team.


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Weekend Sports Preview–2013 Tim Horton’s Brier

Friday, March 1st, 2013

I am making a road trip this weekend. That’s right. I’ve got tickets for the evening draws for the Tim Horton’s Brier Saturday and Sunday night at Edmonton’s Rexall Place.

The event could be very special. Expect it to be the final year that curling legends Kevin Martin of Edmonton, Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg and Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ontario are on the ice at the same time for a national championship.

The Tim Horton’s Brier starts Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on TSN, with the marquee weekend matches being Stoughton versus Martin on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. on TSN and Howard versus Stoughton on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.


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Martin beats Koe to represent Alberta at 2013 Tim Horton’s Brier

Monday, February 11th, 2013

The 2013 Tim Horton’s Brier might be very special for one of Canada’s greatest curlers of all-time.

That is because for the first time Kevin Martin of Edmonton will be curling at a Brier in his home town next month. On Sunday,  in a marvelous curling game, Team Martin defeated Team Koe 5-4 in 11 ends in Leduc.

Martin, who was won 12 provincial championships as a skip for Team Alberta, did not represent Alberta when Edmonton hosted the Labatt Brier in 1999 or the Tim Horton’s Brier in 2005. Ken Hunka was 5-6 in 1999 and Randy Ferbey won the title eight years ago.


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Weekend Sports Preview–December 1 & 2–Canada Cup of Curling, NCAA, NFL & Skiing

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

The Canada Cup of Curling will be having its playoffs this weekend from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Two Alberta teams are still in the mix–Calgary’s Kevin Koe and Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin.

Koe (4-2) will be playing an early morning tie-breaker against Manitoba’s Mike McEwen (Saturday, TSN, 7:00 a.m.) with the  winner playing Glenn Howard in the men’s semi-final (Saturday, TSN, 5:30 p.m.). The winner of  the semi-final will then play Jeff Stoughton of  Winnipeg in Sunday’s final (TSN, 1:30 p.m.).

On the women’s side, Nedohin will face Team Jones (without Jennifer Jones who gave birth two weeks ago) in the semi-final, and then Stefanie Lawton of Saskatchewan in Sunday’s championship final (TSN, 8:30 a.m.).


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Team Canada wins 2012 World Men’s Curling Championship

Sunday, April 8th, 2012


Glenn Howard (Wikimedia Commons)

It was a solid performance by Team Canada today at the 2012 World Men’s Curling Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

Team Canada, led by 49 year old skip Glenn Howard of Midland, Ontario won his fourth World Championship of his career in a 8-7 extra end victory over Scotland’s Tom Brewster. Howard previously won the 1987 World Championship at Vancouver as a third for his brother Russ, threw  third stones again for Russ Howard in Canada’s Gold medal performance at the 1993 World Championship in Geneva, Switzerland and skipped Canada to World Curling Gold at the 2007 World Curling Championship in Edmonton. Howard has also won a World Title in four different decades, making today’s performance remarkably special.

Another interesting statistic is that it is the third World Championship at three different positions for third Wayne Middaugh. The veteran curler was also the second for Team Canada at the 1993 World Championship and skip for Canada at the 1998 World Curling Championship in Kamloops, British Columbia.


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Team Canada advances to the finals of the World Men’s Curling Championship

Saturday, April 7th, 2012


Glenn Howard (Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada will play for Gold tomorrow morning in Basel, Switzerland at the World Men’s Curling Championship.

This morning, the Canadians skipped by Glenn Howard of Ontario defeated Team Scotland skipped by Tom Brewster 7-6 in eleven ends in the 1-2 game. Down 3-2 in the eighth, Howard just might have made the greatest shot of his career. He delivered a triple takeout that scored four Canadian points.

One disconcerting area though is that Howard’s foursome did a poor job in protecting the lead. They didn’t set up their stones early in the ninth end and allowed Scotland to score a deuce and then in the tenth end, Howard came up light with his final rock forcing the extra end.

Team Canada’s opponent Sunday will once again be Scotland. Despite a shaky start, Scotland hung on for a key 7-6 victory over Sweden in the semi-final game. Howard will try to become the third Canadian skip in consecutive years to win a World title following Edmonton’s Kevin Koe in 2009 and Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton in 2010. Another Edmonton connection tomorrow is that Tom Brewster’s wife is from the Alberta capital.


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Easter Weekend Sports Preview–Masters, World Men’s Curling Championship, Women’s World Hockey Championship, NBA, MLB, NLL

Friday, April 6th, 2012

The Masters will obviously headline my television viewing this  weekend with the very first major of the PGA Season.  Currently Peter Hanson of Sweden (-5) leads U.S. Open Champion Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Ben Crane of the United States and day one leader Lee Westwood of England by a stroke.

Other players in contention are Major winners Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk and Paul Lawrie.

The television coverage for the tournament is Friday at 1pm on TSN, Saturday at 1:30pm on CBS, and Sunday at noon on CBS.

Here are the other events I’ll be watching this weekend:

Friday–NLL–Rochester Knighthawks @ Calgary Roughnecks–7pm–I’m heading down to the Scotiabank Saddledome this evening to see the Roughnecks in National Lacrosse League action. At 10-3, the Roughnecks are tied for first place in the West Division with the Colorado Mammoth.  The Roughnecks lead the NLL with 180 goals scored, are led by former Knighthawk Shawn Evans, who leads the team in scoring with 58 points.


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Canada loses 9-7 to New Zealand in curling

Thursday, April 5th, 2012


Glenn Howard (Wikimedia Commons)

Glenn Howard. Are you kidding me? First the Yukon/Northwest Territories at the Brier and then New Zealand at the World Curling Championships?


But there is good news for Canadian curling fans and that is Ontario’s Glenn Howard rebounded with a 8-7 victory this afternoon against China. With the win Canada improved to 10-1 and will play Scotland’s Tom Brewster in the 1-2 game Saturday morning at 6am on TSN. The winner will then advance directly to the final and the loser will play the winner of the 3-4 game. Norway has clinched third place while Sweden will play New Zealand in the fourth place tie-breaker tomorrow.

Getting back to New Zealand. Their skip is actually not from New Zealand at all but originally from Scotland. In any case, it has been a big week for Peter de Boer who delivered without questionable doubt the biggest victory of his curling career on Thursday in an extra end.



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Glenn Howard perfect so far at World Men’s Curling Championship

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Glenn Howard (Wikimedia Commons)

Ontario’s Glenn Howard is now a perfect 7-0 at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

Tuesday he defeated Switzerland 7-6 in an extra end and then Denmark 8-5.

Howard is 49 years of age, but is curling at an exceptionally high level. He leads all skips at 86%. How many athletes are the best in their particular sport at 49 years of age? What Howard is doing in Switzerland at the moment deserves significant recognition.

China, Scotland and Sweden meanwhile are all tied at 5-2 in second place. It was a tough day for the Swedes, who are without their regular skip Niklas Edin because of a back injury. Sweden, which entered the day at 5-0 and tied with Canada for first place, lost to the United States shockingly 10-1 and to Norway 8-3.

Howard’s schedule will be much more difficult for the remainder of the tournament. Canada’s final four round robin opponents (China, Scotland, Sweden and New Zealand) are all currently above .500.


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Weekend Sports Preview–March 30-April 1–World Figure Skating Championships, World Men’s Curling Championship, Soccer, March Madness, NHL, NBA, Tennis

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Patrick Chan (David Carmichael, Wikimedia Commons)

2011 Lionel Conacher Award winner Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario is one step closer to defending his title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France.

Today, Chan put down a solid short program, and leads the Czech Republic’s Michal Brezina by 1.74 points. Due to the fact the television coverage on CBC is absolutely lousy, the event can be seen live on or if you have Bold. The final flight of skaters in the men’s event is at 8am and the final flight of skaters in the women’s event is at 1:30pm on Saturday with Alena Leonova of Russia in the lead. In the pairs competition today, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov hammered the strong German pair of Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy by 8.04 points, but only hung onto the silver medal behind the Germans after a poor short program.


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Koe advances to the Brier Final

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

It was a fantastic day for Alberta Curling.

In the semi-final of the Tim Horton’s Brier in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kevin Koe, now of Calgary, defeated Rob Fowler of Manitoba by a score of 8-6.

Down 4-3 in the eighth end, Team Alberta scored four points on two mistakes by Fowler. First the Manitoba skip missed on a takeout and then he was heavy on a corner freeze, allowing Koe to score his bundle.

Earlier in the day, Alberta defeated the Yukon/Northwest Territories 10-6 in the 3-4 game. History was made as it was the very first time in the history of the Brier that a team from Canada’s most northern region qualified for the Brier playoffs. In this game, Kevin Koe came back as well. Down 4-3 after five ends, Kevin Koe dominated the next four ends outscoring his brother Jamie 7-2. He had a great eighth end in this game as well, as he stole four points.

Alberta will play Glenn Howard of Ontario in the final.

Also, at the World Junior Curling Championships in Ostersund, Sweden, Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher qualified for the final with a 9-3 win over Sweden in the 1-2 game. Sweden is playing Norway in the semi-final.


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